Kagan: The physics of snapping a bat across your knee

From SABR member David Kagan at The Hardball Times on July 26, 2018:

In a game full of diverse, dynamic personalities, Yasiel Puig stands apart. Everyone agrees he is an outstanding defensive right fielder, but it is his demeanor in the batter’s box that really arouses the passion of fans.

The Dodgers faithful love his antics. Opposing pitchers likely find his behavior irritating; opposing fans rain down boos from the time he leaves the on-deck circle.

Puig is known to exaggerate the danger of inside pitches by flailing wildly out of the box or hoping up and down like the Easter Bunny. He’ll take his bat and whack himself on the helmet if he thinks he missed a pitch. He will also use the bat to pound his arm muscles between pitches. However, it is his love/hate relationship with his bat that provides no end of speculation.

Read the full article here: https://www.fangraphs.com/tht/physics-of-snapping-a-bat-across-your-knee/

Originally published: July 27, 2018. Last Updated: July 27, 2018.